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Monday, April 05, 2010 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

I'M TAKING A SICK DAY, but hope to return tomorrow with all the usual tripe.  To tide you over, a few showbiz items:

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Clash of the Titans takes the top spot with 61 million.  That's the best Easter weekend opening ever. And had it not been for Easter Sunday, it might well have been the best April opening ever (that title remains with the last Fast & Furious movie, at 71 million).  Why Did I Get Married Too took in 30.2 million, which almost certainly makes it instantly profitable, given that Tyler Perry pics generally cost about 20 million. How to Train Your Dragon made 29.2 million -- its 33 percent drop has to be considered good, given the 3-D encroachment from Titans and the Easter Sunday. The Last Song made 16.2 million (25.6 million since opening last Wednesday); Miley and a low budget save this from failure. Alice in Wonderland rounds out the Top Five; its 53 percent drop was largely expected -- but shed no tears for 672.8 million in receipts worldwide.

SANDRA BULLOCK and JESSE JAMES: A moving van was seen in front of Jesse James' Seal Beach, Calif. home on Friday -- nearly three weeks after Sandra Bullock is said to have moved out.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: the NYP has the lurid (and denied) allegations of the Boss having an affair with a married Jersey Girl.

JOHN FORSYTHE, the debonair actor whose matinee-idol looks, confident charm and mellifluous voice helped make him the star of three hit television series, including ABC's "Charlie's Angel's" and "Dynasty," died last Thursday at his home in Santa Ynez, Calif. He was 92.

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Upbeat, Clientele, Wilson Pickett, Cutout Bin, Friskies   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 02, 2010 - 08:00 AM
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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

... with UPBEAT! Syndicated out of Cleveland, Upbeat never achieved the status of American Bandstand, but attracted any number of major acts from 1964-71, including Otis Redding on the day before he died in that plane crash. Today's selections include Stevie Wonder with "For Once In My Life," Joe South with "Games People Play," Joe Tex with "Skinny Legs and All," Archie Bell and the Drells with "Tighten Up" (which just might be my favorite) Jerry Butler with "Only the Strong Survive," and the O'Kaysions with "I'm a Girl Watcher."

THE CLIENTELE stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

FIELD MUSIC stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set.

WILL STRATTON stopped by WNYC for a chat and mini-set. BONUS: There's a downloadable EP at the link, too.

WILSON PICKETT is profiled on Fresh Air in connection with a new box set of his Atlantic output.

THE MUPPETS: "Stand By Me."

YOUR BIRTH DATE SONG: What does it say about you

FANFARLO talks to Donewaiting about touring the Midwest for the first time. There's a link to a downloadable EP, too.

LISSIE is profiled by the BBC and interviewed by Aquarium Drunkard (Thx, Chromewaves.)

THE XX: Oliver Sim talks to Greg Kot about the evolution of the band's sound, and transitioning to festival gigs.

THE CUTOUT BIN: From Steve Miller to Soft Cell, from Elvis Costello to Ray Charles, from Jason & the Scorchers to Hall & Oates, from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings to Echo & the Bunnymen, plus the Kinks, Arab Strap, Marvin Gaye, Beau Brummells, Rick James and more  -- is streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases include Clash of the Titans, which is currently scoring 33 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Last Song, currently scoring 12 percent; and Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too, which (per usual for Perry) was not screened for critics.

SANDRA BULLOCK and JESSE JAMES: Bullock is reconsidering her divorce options and believes she can save their marriage, a friend of the star tells PopEater. Other accounts say definitely decided to file for divorce and mention nasty phone fights between the couple. Maybe that's when James admitted to seven affairs. Allegedly. James' lawyer denies James is a neo-Nazi.

TIGER WOODS may have settled with mistress Rachel Uchitel for as much as ten million dollars.

CHARLIE SHEEN is leaving Two and Half Men? More like a negotiation.

ANNA PAQUIN of True Blood is publicly revealing she's bisexual. There's video.

ANGELINA JOLIE's former bodyguard describes what he claims to be a woman whose erratic behavior, yelling fits and unreasonable demands deeply hurt not only staff members - but especially Brad Pitt and their six children.

JENNIFER ANISTON: People are strting to notice that her career isn't going much better than her private life.

SUSAN SARANDON talks about life since splitting with her partner of two decades, Tim Robbins.

DENNIS HOPPER's wife tried to kill him, allegedly.

KATE HUDSON is putting her ex Alex Rodriguez to shame when it comes to playing the field.

FANTASTIC VOYAGE is headed back to the big screen in 3-D.

THE EXPENDABLES trailer is online.

WHY IS THIS SATURDAY DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHER DAYS?  Because ABC has its annual showing of The Ten Commandments, a grand spectacle featuring acting from Edward G. Robinson and Anne Baxter that is so over-the-top that Yul Brenner starts to look good by comparison.  And while Robinson's Dathan never actually spoke the line "Where's your Messiah now?" in the movie, it  -- like "Play It Again, Sam" (not spoken in Casablanca) -- has become part of a part of our culture. The line actually comes from Billy Crystal (sample), originally a bit from the Oscars, iirc. It later turned up o­n The Simpsons, with Chief Wiggum playing Dathan to Ned Flanders' Moses.

IRAN: China agreed to make steps toward supporting new sanctions on Iran? Not really. And both stories ran in the NYT, whose editors aren't paying attention.  Tehran sent its chief nuclear negotiator to Beijing to discuss the threat of new sanctions.

AFGHANISTAN: Members of parliament rejected President Karzai's plan to appoint all five members of the Electoral Complaints Commission. Karzai warned that "the insurgency will change to a national resistance" if foreign countries interfered with his appointments to the ECC.

FRISKIES: One of their psychedelic ads gets a proper remix.

TOADS are able to detect pre-seismic cues such as the release of gases and charged particles, and use these as a form of earthquake early warning system.

DENTED FISH falls from the sky, now swims at sushi restaurant.

ASTRO-MICE are scheduled to fly on the space shuttle Discovery on Monday to spend 13 days aboard the international space station in an experiment to study the effects of life in zero gravity on their immune systems.

COCKROACH OF THE SEA: An enormous crustacean that attached itself to a submarine scouring the depths of the Gulf of Mexico is eliciting shock, awe and a touch of skepticism among Web readers -- but scientists say the critter is just an impressive example of a supersized species.

PEEPS SHOW: The Washington Post's traditional contest.

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Fruit Bats, BRMC, Local Natives, Titus Andronicus, Dog vs Tortoise   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 01, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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FRUIT BATS cover H & O's "One On One" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

LOCAL NATIVES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set streaming via KCRW.

BLACK PRAIRIE, boasting two Decemberists, is advance streaming Feast of the Hunters via NPR.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED Guest DJ Jonsi spins tracks from Iron Maiden, Audrey Hepburn, Bille Holiday and more...

TITUS ANDRONICUS forms "A More Perfect Union." Plus, Patrick Stickles names a few of his favorite things for Pitchfork's Guest List.

SPOON frontman Britt Daniel is interviewed by Kinks frontman Ray Davies at SPIN.

SHEARWATER: Jonathan Meiburg talks to the Montreal Gazette about islands, the future and more... (Thx, Chromewaves.)

THE  COOLEST CONCEPT ALBUMS, according to Wired readers.

SURFER BLOOD: J.P. Pitts talks to SF Weekly about dropping out to chase a dream.

TIGER WOODS: Speaking to four of the women Woods turned to in order to fuel his sex addiction, Woods's former adviser and lawyer, and other insiders, Vanity Fair paints a picture of the superstar at his most profligate, and explores how he got to that point.

SANDRA BULLOCK and JESSE JAMES: A year before wedding Bullock, James posed as Adolf Hitler, wearing a German soldier's cap, miming the evil dictator's mustache and giving a "Heil, Hitler" salute. And there's a story about a Jesse James foursome (sans Bullock) out there. Yet Bullock blames herself.

STEVEN SPIELBERG is so paranoid about security at his office, he keeps a never-used motorcycle permanently parked outside in case he needs to make a getaway, a new book about DreamWorks claims.

MATT. DAMON. is headed to 30 Rock.

PRIVATE BENJAMIN is recalled to duty as a starring vehicle for Anna Faris.

STARK EXPO 2010: Be There!

THE 160 GREATEST SCHWARZENEGGER QUOTES: A bit NSFW video.

IRAN: An award-winning nuclear scientist has defected to the CIA and been resettled in the United States, according to people briefed on the operation by intelligence officials. And I'm guessing the mullahs noticed that the US test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads during a joint military exercise Wednesday with Saudi Arabia. President Obama demanded a new sanctions deadline of "weeks, not months" for Iran. A US official said that "Iran is not leaving China much room to stand on."

IRAQ: Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Wednesday that his party had formally appealed the results from the country's tight parliamentary elections, a move that could further delay the formation of a new government.

DOG vs TORTOISE: Who you got? Not so fast! This one has a twist!

RANGER the CAT lit himself on fire for Earth Hour.

ABNER the three-legged sled dog gets his turn on the race trail.

ROBOT JOCKEYS ride camels at the Sharqeya Camel Race Festival in Egypt.

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David Byrne + Fatboy Slim, Wye Oak, Blind Boys of Alabama, Trololo Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

MGMT premieres their video for "Flash Delirium."

DAVID BYRNE & FATBOY SLIM are advance streaming Here Lies Love via NPR.

WYE OAK played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

ROKY ERICKSON & OKKERVIL RIVER drop a new version of "Be and Bring Me Home" from their collaboration.

BIG STAR drummer Jody Stephens and Ardent studio owner John Fry talked to indie musician John Davis for the (for now) defunct WOXY in February. A good excuse to watch Alex Chilton "Make a Little Love" on French TV.

SLEIGH BELLS are profiled by BBC1, with embedded audio. Described there as for fans of MIA and MGMT, but it's at least as distorted as early JAMC to boot.

PEARL JAM: Stone Gossard talks to Reuters about reducing the band's carbon footprint.

50 AWESOME MUSIC MOVIES, compiled by NME.

LADY GAGA: The self-invented, manufactured, accidental, totally on-purpose New York creation of the world's biggest pop star.

SANDRA BULLOCK & JESSE JAMES: Sandra has decided to divorce Jesse, according to RadarOnline.  So it makes sense that Bullock isn't aiming to become a legal parent to her husband's three kids. Mistress No. 4 won't go public, but we have high hopes for Mistress No.5. Maybe that's the number that sends James to rehab.

TIGER WOODS: Former mistress Joslyn James plans to be at The Masters next month, to, you know "get the truth out there." 

LINDSAY LOHAN responded to being snapped with clouds of white powder pumping out of her high-heels by attacking George Lopez.

HEATHER MILLS's former nanny has told an employment tribunal she was made to work long hours without extra pay. Mills claims she's the victim.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT deny rumors that she had moved out of their home that popped up just in time for the final season of The Hills.

MISCHA BARTON had a rough night over the weekend in Hollywood.

HANGOVER 2 deals are lcoked in for Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and director Todd Phillips.

INDEPENDENCE DAY sequels may shoot in 2011.

IRAN is poised to begin producing nuclear weapons after its uranium program expansion in 2009, even though it has had problems with thousands of its centrifuges, according to a newly released CIA report.

AFGHANISTAN: The coming US campaign in Kandahar will focus on reforming the city's predatory, corrupt government.

IRAQ: Iyad Allawi, the man who won Iraq's parliamentary elections, has accused Iran of trying to prevent him from becoming prime minister. The Justice and Accountability Commission said a number of Allawi's bloc should have been barred from running due to alleged ties to Saddam Hussein's Baath party.

TROLOLO CAT: Let's go to the video.

A CAT has been appointed an unofficial police officer in a Chinese city where it joins officers on patrol.

ELEPHANTS walk like Land Rovers, according to scientists.

POODLE nurses orphan SQUIRRELS... Mass hysteria!

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New Releases, Sharon Jones, Dr. Dog, Hold Steady, NPs, Chatty Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

BECK is joined by Liars, St. Vincent and Os Mutantes' Sergio Dias on "Guns in the Sky," the first track of his cover of INXS's Kick LP.

NEW RELEASES: Dum Dum Girls, Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS are advance streaming I Learned the Hard Way via NPR. Plus, Ms. Jones is profiled by New York magazine.

DR. DOG is advance streaming Shame, Shame via NPR.

THE HOLD STEADY dropped "Rock Problems" as another advance track to Heaven is Everywhere.

NEW PORNOGRAPHERS dropped "Crash Years" as an advance track in their Facebook music player.

JONSI, the singer for Sigur Ros, is advance streaming Go via NPR.

THE FOUNDATIONS: "Build Me Up, Buttercup" and "Baby, Now That I Found You" are your Twofer Tuesday.

THE WORST "BEST" CLASSIC ROCK SONGS,according to Michele Catalano.

SPOON: Britt Daniel and Jim Eno talk to The Quietus about whether they read their own press cuttings and if they're too American for British audiences.

JULIAN CASABLANCAS talks to the Globe and Mail about his first solo effort, <i itxtvisited="1">Phrazes for the Young.

THE LIBERTINES are reuniting for Reading and Leeds festivals in August, according to several media reports in the UK.

SANDRA BULLOCK and JESSE JAMES: America's sweetheart is back in California -- but not at home -- in order to figure out the legal end of her split from the allegedly infidelious bike builder.

LINDSAY LOHAN was leaving a friends house in Los Angeles on Saturday when a generous amount of unidentified white powder started puffing out of her shoes.  Some police officers who routinely come in contact with Lindsay tell TMZ they have thought seriously about forcing her to get help.

TIGER WOODS: Oddly enough, Elin Nordegren isn't keen on the idea of attending the Masters.

KATE WINSLET sounds desperate to escape the "house-of-horrors" Manhattan apartment she shared with Sam Mendes.

MATT DAMON was roasted in Beverly Hills for the 24th American Cinematheque Award. But none of the jokes seem to have mentioned his latest movie, which the public is avoiding like a toxic waste dump.

MARIA CONCHITA ALONSO writes an open letter to Sean Penn about his support for Hugo Chavez.  BTW, last week, Chavez arrested the owner of Venezuela's only remaining anti-Chavez TV channel. The State Department has said harassment and intimidation of the opposition and the media are on the rise in Venezuela.

GODZILLA is stomping back to the big screen, with help from Legendary Pictures ("The Dark Knight," "300" and "The Hangover").

THE TUDORS: Episode 401 is online.

TERROR in RUSSIA: Female suicide bombers set off huge explosions in two subway stations in central Moscow during the Monday morning rush hour, Russian officials said, killing more than three dozen people and raising fears that the Muslim insurgency in southern Russia was once again being brought to the country's heart.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS are pouring hundreds of millions of pounds into Islamist groups in the Balkans, some of which spread hatred of the West and recruit fighters for jihad in Afghanistan.

IRAN's nuclear program is of "critical concern" and will top the agenda when foreign ministers from the G-8 nations meet Monday to discuss global security.

CHATTERING CATS: Let's go to the video. And the translation.

A ROYAL PYTHON is giving massages to visitors at a British theme park.

PIT BULLS and POLICE CARS: A pit bull mix in Tennessee has been sentenced to obedience training after his dogged attack on a local police car. A New Jersey pit bull is on probation after ripping the bumper off a police car and chewing the tires on three other cars flat as two other dogs barked and wagged their tails.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: Two cats with six toes on each paw.

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